Hurricane Harvey: Supporting Those in Need

It has been about six weeks since millions of people were affected by Hurricane Harvey’s devastating rains and winds in Texas and Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country showed their support emotionally, physically and financially as those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath began storm cleanup efforts.

811 played a critical role in protecting those communities from striking buried utility lines during an already stressful situation. CGA immediately responded with the Hurricane Harvey toolkit, which contained customizable materials like a press release template, contributed column, social media messages and a public service announcement script, which members could implement as part of a comprehensive storm cleanup communications package. They followed that initial outreach with additional information about how members could share in the responsibility of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Now, the immediate devastation is over and, as the waters have receded, so too has the publicity.
But that doesn’t mean the need for assistance has receded as well. Damage prevention issues still exist, both as a result of the flooding and from the restoration and reconstruction work necessary for recovery. Many people are still not able to return to their homes – some never will. Many businesses are still struggling to dry off and get back to the business of providing the goods and services these communities need to survive and thrive.

There are many worthwhile charities and organizations out there looking for donations of both time and money. Here are just a few of them. As the media frenzy around this catastrophic event declines, don’t forget to continue to support our colleagues, their families and their communities in Texas and Louisiana in their time of need.

Survivor Care
• Texas Diaper Bank: texasdiaperbank.org
• Austin Disaster Relief Network: adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey
• Salvation Army: salvationarmyusa.org
• Global Giving: globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund
• Americares: americares.org
• Hope Family Thrift: hopefamilythrift.org

Rebuilding
• SBP: sbpusa.org
• All Hands Volunteers: hands.org/texas-hurricane-response
• Foundation Beyond Belief: foundationbeyondbelief.org/hurricane-harvey-drive
• Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group: coastalbendcan.org/cbdrg Food Banks
• Houston Food Bank: houstonfoodbank.org
• Galveston Food Bank: galvestoncountyfoodbank.org
• Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria): victoriafoodbank.org
• Corpus Christi Food Bank: foodbankcc.com
• Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont): setxfoodbank.org
• Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr): foodbankrgv.com
• Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan): bvfb.org
• Central Texas Food Bank (Austin): centraltexasfoodbank.org
• San Antonio Food Bank: safoodbank.org

Pets and Pet Care
• Houston Humane Society: houstonhumane.org/giving
• SPCA of Texas: spca.org/news_hurricane-harvey
• San Antonio Humane Society: sahumane.org

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